Adolescent as Story Teller

  • Thomas Cottle School of Education, Boston University


One of the tasks of adolescence is the construction of a story of the self that genuinely "works" for the individual. Influences on story construction are varied and raise questions about whether the adolescents are truly the authors of their own stories or if the culture results in the internationalizations of others' stories. The case of adolescents with anorexia nervosa is used to illustrate how these stories are constructed, and how culture and family introduce distractions in this process.
How to Cite
Cottle , T. . (2001). Adolescent as Story Teller. Journal of Child and Youth Care Work, 15, 313–324. Retrieved from